Scenic USA - West Virginia
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka
East of Charleston, West Virginia, the Gauley River has carved a scenic gorge through the state's typically beautiful, but rugged terrain. More than 25 miles of this stretch of river falls under the protection of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. By early September, whitewater enthusiasts stream into the area ready for prime season. The Upper Gauley is thought to be one of the best whitewater rivers in the country, with its extreme whitewater class 5 and 5+ rapids. The river drops 668 feet in 28 miles, creating more than 100 vigorous rapids.
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